Make sure your cat is outfitted with a collar and visibly displayed ID tag. Make sure your name, address and phone number information is on the ID tag.
Microchip Identification. Have your cat microchipped either at your Vet or at the shelter. Microchip ID will ensure that your cat will be returned to you if he/she is lost. Make sure contact the Animal Shelter to register your pet's microchip information.
Make sure your cat receives all vaccinations and regular checkups.
Spay or neuter your cat.
Make sure to keep your cat's litter box clean. The most common reason a cat will stop using the litter box is because the box is too dirty for their liking or perhaps they would like an additional box. In addition, if a cat is sick, it is also common for them to eliminate outside the litter box.
If your cat stops using the litter box you should take him/her to a Vet to make sure there isn't an underlying health issue.
There are alternatives to declawing such as using nail caps (found at pet supply stores) and clipping your cat's nails. Start trimming your cat's nails from a young age and they'll let you do it when they are adults.
Our staff is always happy to give advice on behavioral issues or problems. We want to help you have a happy, healthy relationship with your pet(s). You can call the shelter at 479-444-3456.